DEWITT — Several area youths will move on to the Iowa State Fair after earning honors in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Clinton County Fair on Sunday.
Participants showed off different talents Sunday in the Beef Arena at the Clinton County Fairgrounds during the last day of the 2017 Clinton County Fair. Bill Riley Talent Show protocol mandates that entries be separated into two age groups. The “Sprout” Division is composed of entries for individuals age 2 to age 12. The “Senior” division was for those age 13 to 21. There were five entries in each division. Judges scored each performance and named first-, second- and third-place winners in each division. The winner of the division moves on to the State Fair.
The performances in the “Sprout” division included three entrants singing a song and two performing a dance. Emmi Flynn, who already had qualified for the Iowa State Fair, was named the winner of the “Sprouts” division. She sang the song “Very Good Advice” from “Alice in Wonderland.” Kara Olson and Keely Neilson, who performed a tap dance routine to the song “Keep it Together,” were named as the second-place winners. Olson and Neilson will represent Clinton County in the Iowa State Fair talent show due to Flynn having already qualified for the state fair. Lily Leding, who sang “Singing on My Own,” was named the third-place winner by the judges.
The duo of Josie Lindle and Kaeli Verbrugge will represent Clinton County in the “Senior” division after taking first place. They performed a jazz duet to the song “Hold My Hand.” Mackenzie Wagner, who won last year’s county fair competition, earned second place. Abby Willis was named third-place winner. She both played the piano and sang the song “Turn Back Time.”
The Iowa State Fair begins Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 20. Six “Sprout” champions and one “Senior” champion will be named at the Iowa State Fair.